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Ati's FireGL V5000: Worth the Wait?

Technical Specifications

Productprocessor (Codename)TransistorsCore Frequency (3D)Geometry EnginesPixel Pipelines
Ati FireGL V3100X300 (RV370PRO-GL)110 Mio.400 MHz24
Ati FireGL V3200X600 (RV380-GL)110 Mio.500 MHz24
Ati FireGL V5000X700 (RV410-GL)120 Mio.425 MHz68
Ati FireGL V5100X800Pro (R423PRO-GL)160 Mio.450 MHz612
Ati FireGL V7100X800XT (R423XT-GL)160 Mio.500 MHz616
Ati FireGL X2-256tFGL9800XT (R360XT-GL)107 Mio.412 MHz48
Ati FireGL X3-256X800Pro (R420PRO-GL)160 Mio.500 MHz612
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300NV38GL HSI135 Mio.350 MHzFP Array ~316
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400NV45GL222 Mio.350 MHzFP Array ~616
ProductMemory Frequency (3D)Memory TypeMemory Bus WidthMemory BandwidthInterface
Ati FireGL V3100200 MHzDDR128 Bit6.4 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V3200350 MHzDDR128 Bit12.8 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V5000430 MHzDDR-3128 Bit15.7 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V5100350 MHzDDR256 Bit22.4 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL V7100500 MHzDDR-3256 Bit28.8 GB/sPCIe
Ati FireGL X2-256t365 MHzDDR-2256 Bit22.0 GB/sAGP
Ati FireGL X3-256500 MHzDDR-3256 Bit28.8 GB/sAGP
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300225 MHzDDR256 Bit14.4 GB/sPCIe
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400450 MHzDDR-3256 Bit28.8 GB/sPCIe

All memory frequencies quoted here refer to the actual physical clock speed. Note: Memory runs at Double Data Rate (DDR). Marketing departments misleadingly give a number twice that of the physical clockspeed when DDR memory is used.

Test Configuration

All specifications only refer to the performance comparison that actually influences the final evaluation.

Common Hardware
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.6 GHz
Hard Drives2x Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80 GB SATA (RAID-0)
MotherboardAsus P5AD2-E Premium Rev. 1.05
System Memory1 GB (2x512 MB Infineon DDR2-533, HYS64T64000GU-3.7-A)
OpenGL Graphics Cards
Ati OpenGL CardsAti FireGL V3100Ati FireGL V3200Ati FireGL V5000Ati FireGL V5100
NVIDIA/PNY OpenGL CardsNVIDIA Quadro FX 1300NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400
Drivers & Settings
Ati FireGL series6.14.10.5125
NVIDIA QuadroFX series6.14.10.6722
Screen Resolution1280x1024x32, Vsync=off
Operating SystemWindows XP SP2
Benchmarks
Viewperf (synthetic)SPECopc Viewperf 8.01